Mughal

In Paintings: The Wedding of Dara Shikoh and Nadira Banu Begum

Today, weddings are a multibillion-dollar industry. It is believed that an Indian spends one-fifth of their total wealth (accumulated in a lifetime) on a wedding1. In fact in 2017, KPMG’s report estimated India’s...

Mughal Courtiers: the Favourites of Emperor Akbar

Akbar had the uncommon wisdom to keep a great many talented and capable men around him, many of whom became great friends of his. This intimate coterie of brilliant men led to myth of...

From the library of Akbar : favourite books & stories!

What makes Akbar fascinating for a biographer are the dichotomies in his character. Despite the many myths and legends around him, Akbar remains an enigmatic personality, profoundly difficult to categorize. One of the great...

5 Animals the Mughal Emperor Akbar loved

One of the first, vivid images of the early childhood of Akbar is of the young shahzaada running through the countryside of Kabul with a boisterous group of friends, chasing all the animals he...

Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb, Agra : A Daughter’s Gift

In the chaos of Agra and its many bridges, one could easily miss this elegant pavilion on the riverbank. As one drives on, an exquisite white marble construction stands out in contrast to the...

Shah Begum’s Tomb in Allahabad

When we speak of Mughal women in the context of Jahangir, Nur Jahan is the first one who comes to mind. However, she was only one (and the last) of his many wives. In...

Mumtaz Mahal : The Lady in the Taj | #TheseMughalWomen

A grieving emperor's ode to love Sprouting from the golden sands of Agra, there emerges a pristine white marble structure, its luminous surface shimmering under the sun like a burst of glowing energy. Sublime,...

What these paintings tell us about Jahanara and Shah Jahan

Princess Jahanara is the quintessential #bosslady. Even in a family full of strong female figures, she stands out. Her extraordinary political clout, business acumen and generosity to the arts are just some of the...
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